Reviews for Rosie's Big City Ballet


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 February 1998
Gr. 2^-4. When she meets a dedicated dancer backstage at the ballet in the nearby big city, Rosie resolves to practice her dancing every day. But torn between practicing ballet and helping her friend Murphy build a tree house, Rosie finds that keeping her resolution is more difficult than she had expected. The sixth book in the Ballet Slippers series, this may not be the strongest or most memorable, but Rosie's many fans won't mind a bit when she's unexpectedly offered a part in the Big City Ballet (not a dancing part, not a walk-on, but a stand-there-and-hold-the-basket-of-flowers role). Large print and one black-and-white illustration per chapter (not seen in the galley) make this an inviting series for children beyond the beginning reader stage. ((Reviewed February 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
Rosie is torn between the everyday needs of family and friends and her own need to Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1998 July
Gr 2-4AIn this beginning chapter book, Rosie yearns to win a coveted role with Miss Elise's prestigious summer ballet. To assure herself that she will at least be in the running for the position, she decides that she will "live, sleep and breathe" ballet until the competition. Although her friend Joy ultimately wins the spot, Rosie learns that believing in herself can indeed lead to self-fulfillment. Her grace and strength are noticed by the troupe during tryouts, and she is invited to join them for the summer. Although a plot-driven story line keeps her adventures from being presented in depth, Rosie is an engaging heroine whose passion for ballet will appeal to dance enthusiasts. Integration of factual concepts into the plot adds realism to the story, as does the girl's intense desire to winAa trait with which many young athletes will likely identify. Although her rejection may come as a disappointment to those awaiting a climactic triumph, Rosie's good-natured acceptance of her fate will be appreciated by readers, as will her unyielding belief in herself.AJennifer Oyama, Los Angeles Public Library, CA

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